What Makes You & Your Business Special

What Makes You & Your Business Special

On today’s episode of Design a Business You Love: Work Anywhere Strategies for Artists, Authors, & Entrepreneurs we look at what makes you special or unique as a creative entrepreneur. We’ve been talking about finding your purpose in the last few episodes. So before we jump in, I want to remind you. That I have a free gift for you called Discover Your Passion, Discover Your Purpose Guidebook

The Power of Discovering Your Special Purpose as an Artist, Author, or Entrepreneur


Beyond our passions lies our special or unique purpose—the driving force that connects our artistic endeavors or business ventures to a greater meaning. It’s the treasure map leading us to uncover the core values that define us as creative individuals. These values shape our worldview, influence our decisions, and resonate through every stroke of our brush or written word. Let’s set forth on an expedition to uncover your unique values—the bedrock of your authentic voice.

Infusing Values into Your Creative Expression


Values serve as a compass, guiding us in creating a business or artistic expression that aligns with our deepest beliefs. We’ll explore the diverse ways in which values can manifest, shaping our work in countless ways. Whether it’s advocating for environmental sustainability through eco-friendly products or championing authenticity and equality through empowering narratives, our values breathe life into our creations.

Thought-Provoking Questions for Self-Reflection


To help you on your quest to discover your unique values, I have some thought-provoking questions to ignite your imagination. Grab your pen and paper and ponder:

What values hold the utmost importance in your life?

Which qualities do you admire in others?

What are your non-negotiables?

Reflect on the boundaries you set for yourself in terms of ethics, behavior, or personal values. Consider the changes or contributions you aspire to make in the world through your creative endeavors.

How does your current business align or not align with your values?

Delve into the causes and missions that ignite a fire within you, and envision the impact you desire to create through your work.

Embracing the Journey of Self-Discovery


Remember, this journey of self-discovery may not yield all the answers immediately, and that’s perfectly fine. It’s an ongoing process that evolves as we grow and develop. Your free guidebook, “Discover Your Passion, Discover Your Purpose,” provides additional prompts to help you dive deeper into your core values. Embrace the exploration of your uniqueness, infuse your art and writing with a purpose, and let your authentic voice echo through every brushstroke and turn of phrase.

As we conclude this wondrous journey, continue embracing your values, infusing your art and writing with purpose, and let your unique voice shine through. You are special, you are unique, and the world eagerly awaits your artistic magic. Until next time, keep being true to yourself and let your creative spirit soar.

 

What We Hate Can Lead Us To Find Our Purpose

What We Hate Can Lead Us To Find Our Purpose


In today’s episode of the “Design a Business You Love” podcast, we delve into the intriguing concept of how what we hate can ultimately lead us to our true purpose and passion in life and business.

I share my journey of discovering how what I hate ultimately led me to my true purpose and passion in life and business. Let’s clarify from the start that when I talk about hate, I’m referring to the tasks and aspects of my business that I dislike, not people or groups. Join me as I explore the transformative power of embracing what I dislike and learn how it can help us design a business we truly love

Discovering Passion and Purpose

Designing a business I love began with determining my passion and purpose. I drew inspiration from the incredible story of Helen Keller, who overcame immense challenges and dedicated her life to advocating for the rights of those with disabilities. By reflecting on what I disliked in the world, I discovered a desire to make a difference and contribute positively. Whether it’s fighting injustice, supporting causes, or improving lives, acknowledging what I hate became the starting point for my journey of self-discovery.

Examples of Transformation


Looking at the experiences of others who have transformed their businesses by addressing what they hated provided me with valuable insights. Take the story of John and Bert Jacobs, the founders of Life is Good. They started with a simple t-shirt business that spread messages of optimism. By recognizing what they disliked in their previous work and embracing their love for spreading positivity, they turned their business into a global company that inspires hope and contributes to children in need. Their story showed me the power of aligning a business with one’s true purpose.

Personal Experiences


I embarked on my own journey of redesigning my business by confronting what I hated. Corporate life brought frustrations like office politics, petty arguments, and limited time with my children. I knew I wanted to create a business that aligned with my values and allowed me to prioritize what truly mattered. Recognizing my growing frustration with the podcasting process, I made a conscious decision to shift my focus. Now, my podcast primarily consists of solo episodes, alleviating the stress of lining up guests. This change enabled me to focus on my main goal: helping others design businesses they love.

Embracing Dislikes as a Path to Passion

Acknowledging what I disliked about my previous work and current business became a vital step in uncovering my true passions and desires. It wasn’t just about identifying what drained my energy or the tasks I struggled with; it was also about recognizing my natural weaknesses. Embracing these dislikes provided essential information to shape my business around what I genuinely love.


The Adventure of Finding Our Purpose

Discovering my true purpose has been an adventure filled with twists and turns. Along the way, I encountered obstacles, but I refused to let them deter me. By using what I disliked as a compass, I navigated a fulfilling, purpose-driven path. Asking myself probing questions about what I currently hate about my business, the tasks I dislike, and the ones that drain my energy allowed me to make conscious choices and prioritize my passions.

What We Hate Can Lead Us To Find Our Purpose


Embracing what I hate has led me to my true purpose in business. By understanding my dislikes and transforming them into opportunities for growth and change, I have designed a business I genuinely love. The journey of finding passion and purpose is unique to each individual, but we can all benefit from reflecting on what we dislike and using it as a guide toward a more fulfilling and purposeful business and life. So, let’s embrace what we hate and embark on this adventure together, unlocking hidden treasures within ourselves and designing businesses we truly love.



Discovering Your Purpose

Discovering Your Purpose

Let’s dive deep into the transformative process of discovering your purpose. We all yearn for a sense of direction, a driving force that brings meaning to our lives. So, grab a tropical drink, find your cozy spot, and get ready for an enlightening journey of self-discovery.

Before we begin, I have a special gift for you. I’ve created a free guidebook called “Discover Your Passion, Discover Your Purpose,” designed to help you navigate through today’s topic. You can download it by following the link provided in the episode description. So, let’s embark on the adventure of uncovering your purpose.

Reflection


Imagine yourself standing on a serene beach, feeling the warm sand beneath your toes and listening to the soothing sound of ocean waves. Take a moment to breathe and let go of distractions. Now, ask yourself the following questions: What brings you joy? What ignites your soul? Your purpose often intertwines with your passions, roles, and values. It’s the intersection where your skills and interests align with the impact you want to make in the world.

Values and Passions


Take time to reflect on what truly matters to you in life. Consider the causes, activities, or subjects that ignite a fire within you. These are clues to your passions and values. Write down the top three values and passions that resonate with your soul. They will serve as guiding lights on your purpose-seeking journey.

Changing Roles and Evolving Purpose


Recognize that your purpose may evolve and change as you grow and experience different stages of life. For example, if you’re currently a parent of young children, your purpose may revolve around nurturing and raising them. However, as time goes by and circumstances change, your focus and purpose may shift. Embrace the idea that your purpose is fluid and adaptable to different seasons of life.

Strengths and Talents


Explore your unique strengths and talents. Identify what you excel at and the skills you have developed over the years. Your strengths often indicate areas where your purpose lies. Consider all your talents and identify the ones you genuinely enjoy and find fulfillment in.

Impact and Contribution


Think about the positive impact you want to make in the world. Envision how you can help others or make a difference in the lives of individuals or society as a whole. Reflect on the ways in which you aspire to contribute and leave a lasting impact.

Bringing it All Together


Review your reflections on past experiences, values, passions, strengths, and desired impact. Look for common threads, connections, and overlaps. This is where your purpose begins to take shape. Embrace the journey of exploration and allow your purpose to evolve organically over time.

Remember, discovering your purpose is not a final destination; it’s a lifelong adventure. Stay open to new experiences, seek personal growth, and trust the process. Embrace the unique path that unfolds before you, knowing that your purpose will continue to reveal itself along the way.

Discovering Your Purpose


Unleashing your purpose is a transformative experience that can ignite a profound sense of fulfillment and joy in your life. By reflecting on your past, identifying your passions and values, recognizing your strengths, and envisioning the impact you want to make, you’re on the path to uncovering your purpose.

Don’t forget to download your free guidebook, “Discover Your Passion, Discover Your Purpose,” to further support your journey of self-discovery. The link can be found in the episode description. Remember, your passion and purpose are within reach. Embrace the adventure and embark on a life of purpose, creating a business you truly love.